Mercury Retrograde

Mercury's Caloris Basin.  NASA

Mercury's Caloris Basin. NASA

Mercury goes retrograde tonight. Here’s how CBS News explains the astronomy of Mercury Retrograde:

“Mercury retrograde is an optical illusion resulting from our position (on Earth) relative to Mercury…. Mercury's…orbit is smaller and faster than Earth's. When its orbit catches up to and passes Earth, it creates the illusion that Mercury is backtracking.” 

Technically, nothing about Mercury is changing. It’s all about our perspective.

Yet astrology is all about seeing symbolism in the sky from our earthly perspective. “As above, so below.” That’s why Mercury retrograde becomes meaningful: We’re on earth. All we know is our own perspective. And soon the planet that rules perspective will seem to be going backwards.

That can seem scary. Or maybe today a slowdown is just what we all need.

More tomorrow. Tonight stay safe out there. Stay hopeful. It’s time for a change in perspective.

(Moon square Pluto at 8:27 a.m. EDT. Moon opposite Jupiter 10:48 a.m. Moon trine Saturn 3:25 p.m. Mercury stationary retrograde 9:00 p.m.)